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Top 5 New Year’s Eco Resolutions For 2011

Whether you call them resolutions, goals, or lifestyle changes, they are adjustments you can take to make 2011 easier on the planet.

Here are the Top 5 New Year’s Eco Resolutions For 2011:

  1. Stop Buying/Using Plastic Water Bottles – Plastic water bottles maybe convenient but they are at no way eco-friendly. When you are on the go, bring your own refillable stainless steel bottle filled with filtered water from home.
  2. Use Re-Usable Grocery Bags – Plastic bags are as bad as plastic water bottles. Make a small investment in some cloth or canvas bags and the Earth will thank you!
  3. Jump On The Bus – Take public transportation or ride a bike, if you must drive think about using a car sharing program
  4. Be More Conscientious At Home – Unplug things when you aren’t using them. Turn the lights off. Watch your water use.
  5. Make Good Consumer Choices – Buy eco-friendly cleaning products. Buy local. Buy organic.

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Eco-Foil Pans

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  • The giveaway ends on Sunday, December 26th, 2010 at 11:59 CST.

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  • There will be 3 winners chosen randomly and announced via Twitter on Monday, December 27th, 2010.
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DIY Pine Cone Bird Feeder

Feed the birds this winter with your very own DIY pine cone bird feeder made with all natural biodegradable components.

Pine Cone Bird FeederSupplies Needed:

  • Pine cone
  • Bird seed
  • Peanut butter
  • Spoon or butter knife
  • Paper plate
  • Fishing line, twine, or ribbon to hang pine cone

Let’s Get Started:

Step 1:
The first step in making a pine cone bird feeder is to attach fishing line (or something similar) to the pine cone for hanging. This is easier to do before the pine cone is covered in peanut butter.

Step 2:
Next cover the entire pine cone in peanut butter.  Put on a thick coat with a spoon, then pushed it into the crevices. Try to get it as deep as you can in the pine cone without breaking the individual parts.

Step 3:
Then sprinkle the bird seed all over the peanut butter covered pine cone. Get as much seed on it as possible.

Step 4:
Hang your pine cone bird feeder outside for the birds to enjoy. Make sure you get it high enough off the ground so small animals can’t jump up and pull it down.

Tip of the Week – Conserve Energy At Home In Winter

Conserve Energy At Home In WinterStay cozy and still conserve energy this winter at home with these 3 almost too easy tips:

1- Turn down your water heater. Even in the coldest weather, there’s no reason to waste energy and to scald yourself with a 140-degree shower.

2- Turn your ceiling fan in reverse. A clockwise rotation circulates warm air near the ceiling back down to your living space.

3- Turn down your thermostat and put on a big sweater instead.

Product of the Week – ReBinder

ReBinderI love being organized and staying green at the same time. ReBinder helps me do this with their office supplies made from recycled materials and that are also fully recyclable.

ReBinder is the only true zero waste office supply manufacturer and the brand of choice for customers looking for sustainable, quality office supplies. Assembled by a local, AbilityOne certified disabled workforce, all ReBinder product materials are sourced from responsibly managed forests and verified FSC and SFI certified sources. With each purchase of ReBinder products, solid waste, greenhouse gas, energy, tree and water consumption are reduced.

ReBinder offers recycled binders, presentation folders, notebooks and CD sleeves…perfect for the organizing freak on your holiday gift list.

DIY Matchbox Advent Calendar

Help count down the days to Christmas with a DIY reusable advent calendar made from old matchboxes and odds & ends just laying around the house.
matchbox advent calendar

Supplies Needed:

  • 25 empty matchbox
  • Metal baking tray (or something similar)
  • Magnets
  • Glue
  • Paint, markers, glitter, scrap paper, gems, etc. for decorating
  • Ribbon
  • Organic chocolate treats

Let’s Get Started:

Step 1:
Start by decorating all your matchboxes. Get creative, using all sorts of stuff that you find around the house. Don’t forget to add one number (1-25) to each box.
matchbox advent calendar

Step 2:
Next, glue a magnet on the back of each box.

Step 3:
Add a little inspiring message and/or a yummy piece of organic chocolate to each box.
matchbox advent calendar

Step 4:
Arrange boxes on the metal tray in order.

Step 5:
Lastly, add a ribbon for easy hanging & enjoy!

Special thanks to yzzilnoaj over at craftster for sharing her eco holiday crafts with us.

Tip of the Week – Digital Pictures

When taking digital pictures only print out the ones you are going to need. This will save paper, energy and of course ink. With digital photos you can always back them up on an external hard drive allowing you to view or print them at a later date. It also makes sure you never lose those precious moments.

Product of the Week – Tofurky

TofurkyIt’s Turkey Day today!
Or for all you vegetarians it’s Tofurky Day!

Holidays are now easier and more delicious for vegetarians, vegans, and turkeys everywhere! This Stuffed Tofurky Roast is a pre-cooked vegetarian feast designed to be the delicious centerpiece of your holiday table or everyday meal. Made from a revolutionary tofu-wheat protein blend, Tofurky is known for its incredible, turkey-like texture and flavor. Filled with delicious stuffing made of bread crumbs, brown and wild rice, onions, celery, garlic, herbs, and spices. You’ll now have a high-protein entree of your own to place in the middle of your holiday dinner table!

Gobble Gobble!

DIY Turkey Hand Print Shirts

Gobble, Gobble! It’s almost Turkey Day! And what better way to show your love for the holiday than sporting an upcycled hand print turkey shirt. The folks over at One More Moore show us how…
DIY Turkey Hand Print Shirts

Supplies Needed:

  • Scissors
  • Paper & marker
  • Used t-shirt, onesie or long sleeve shirt
  • Extra fabric piece bigger than your hand
  • Pins
  • Spare button
  • Felt
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

Let’s Get Started:

Step 1:
Trace hand on paper and cut-out. Make sure you have a piece of fabric cut just bigger than the size of the hand cut-out. With the right side of the fabric up, place inside of shirt and pin to the front (where you want your applique to be. Right side of fabric is pinned to back side of front of the t-shirt). Make sure you place your cut-out on TOP of the underneath fabric.
DIY Turkey Hand Print Shirts

Step 2:
Pin the cut-out down (not pictured) and then sew around the edge of the cutout (not pictured.) Remove pins and hand template. You’ll see the outline of a hand.

Step 3:
Next, gently pull apart the inside of the hand shape that you’ve just sewn, seperating the t-shirt and fabric. Cut only the top t-shirt, along the inside of the sewn line (making sure you don’t cut the contrasting fabric underneath). Cut around entire inside of sewn line:
DIY Turkey Hand Print Shirts

Step 4:
Stitch some legs. Sew on a button for the eye. Cut out some red felt for the gobble-gobble and hand sew that on.
DIY Turkey Hand Print Shirts

Thanks again to the folks over at One More Moore for sharing their fun holiday eco-crafts with us.